Loryann doesn't allow shortcuts in her kitchen. She makes her pasta from scratch, shreds her own meat, and doesn't add preservatives. After she was laid off from a high-powered corporate job, she began to indulge her love of cooking by preparing fresh meals for her family. Eventually, she decided to transform that passion into a career that would allow her to prepare wholesome dishes for busy families who don't have the time to make healthy meals from scratch.
Her seasonal menu of dishes—which she delivers straight to her customers' doors—rotates to include choices such as mesquite pork chops, turkey meatloaf, and white chicken chili. Loryann tests the meals on her own family to make sure children will love them and not try to surreptitiously feed them to dogs or estranged uncles hiding out beneath the table. She also includes breakfast choices, as well as side dishes, to make mealtime even easier. And because Miranda lost her grandfather to thyroid cancer, Miranda's Kitchen donates part of its proceeds to a thyroid-cancer foundation.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
The shelves at Personal Scrapbook brim with all manner of scrapbooking and stamping supplies from brands such as Authentique and Graphic 45. Personal Scrapbook doesn’t just supply the materials, though, the staff hosts frequent crops, where they open up the cropping area for everyone to come and scrapbook together. Each of the 20 personal cropping stations has two electrical outlets and a comfortable, adjustable chair. While in the area, guests can bring their own mat to use the shop's Cricut station—equipped with both the Cricut Expressions and Personal Cricut machines—or use the Cuttlebug die cutter/embosser, Sizzix die cutter, 20+ shape scissors, stamps, and more. Reference books and the staff serve as muses, and guests can also connect to free WiFi to browse for inspiration.
In addition to the open crops, the staff teaches classes with subjects such as scrapbook layouts, Cricut, and various techniques. They also host private parties for all ages, which make for more memorable birthdays than mercilessly beheading yet another piñata.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
SampleHouse & CandleShop’s shabby-chic interiors house a full bouquet of ornamental and scented candles, as well as an array of stylish and practical products such as handbags, ornaments, and soaps. Wide-eyed votive candles ($2.25–$3.75) tag along after sophisticated, glass- and metal-rimmed older siblings ($10–$55). Add flair to underground lairs with wax sticks from Trapp, Votivo, Archipelago, Orleans, Voluspa, and other brands, available in a variety of colors, shapes, and fragrances. Or opt for eye-catching jewelry ($5.95+) or initialed hand towels ($6.95+) to finally differentiate your towel from the family ghoul's.